pro·​gram·​ming ˈprō-ˌgra-miŋ How to pronounce programming (audio)
variants or less commonly programing
: the planning, scheduling, or performing of a program
: the process of instructing or learning by means of an instructional program
: the process of preparing an instructional program for a device (such as a computer)

Examples of programming in a Sentence

The news conference interrupted regular television programming.
Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, the family ditched the wait lists and created their own form of weekly programming for Aidan and others in the community. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2024 NBCUniversal’s scramble to reinvent its Olympics coverage reflects broader trends in sports on TV, which is the last genre of programming that can still reliably draw large audiences. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 17 Apr. 2024 It’s also transformed drastically over the past couple of years amid the pandemic, as programming went online and hybrid formats were launched that allowed for both in-person and online festival experiences. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2024 Event programming is always rotating, but previous acts include performances from Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, James Taylor, the Juilliard String Quartet, and The Black Crowes, to name a few. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2024 Strangely, the programming for main Coachella Stage and Outdoor Theater didn’t start until 5 p.m., leaving a giant gap for early attendees. Spin Staff, SPIN, 15 Apr. 2024 The vision is for a 2025 opening and for the center to have year-round programming. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 13 Apr. 2024 Thirty percent of the university's sophomore class major in computer programming, RPI President Martin Schmidt told ABC News. Max Zahn, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2024 Exhibitions and programming are partially paid for through charitable contributions from CommUnity Frontline. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of programming was in 1896

Dictionary Entries Near programming

Cite this Entry

“Programming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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variants also programing
ˈprō-ˌgram-iŋ How to pronounce programming (audio)
: the planning, scheduling, or performing of a program
advocates less violence in television programming
: the design and production of computer programs
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